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I have my grandmothers handwritten recipe for banana bread. the paper tore and I lost some of the recipe. it calls for 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups flour, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 3 mashed bananas. I lost the amount of salt, baking powder, shortening and eggs. can anyone tell me how much of each I need to make this recipe?????

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    I have made banana bread a gazillion times, always to recipes that were supposed to be extraordinary. The best (and I do mean BEST) recipe I have ever found was America's Test Kitchen. It's a pay site, but it has a 14 day free trail. I'm sure your grandmother's recipe is special to you. The recipe I posted (sorry about the pay-wall) could be very special to your grandchildren. – Jolenealaska Oct 19 '14 at 6:08
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That is a lot of sugar for that much flour. The salt and baking powder are likely to be one teaspoon each or 3/4 teaspoon each. It probably called for 1/2 cup shortening (consider butter or butter flavored Crisco, but that's just me), and 2 eggs. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

  • I agree -- that's about 50% more sugar than the sweetest banana bread I've ever made! – Erica Oct 19 '14 at 1:32
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My grandmother's recipe calls for the following (of the ingredients you asked):

1/2 C canola oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg

I agree with Jolenealaska; that's too much sugar. Also maybe a bit much flour, but you might be making a loaf which rises to the top of the pan.

I prefer oil in this case. It makes the loaf very moist. I almost never use shortening. I prefer butter or oil.

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